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    1. Re: [LA-CEMETERY-PRESERVATION] St Louis Cemetery # 1
    2. michelle zenner via
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" ** Beginning March 1, 2015, all tourists will be required to enter St. Louis Cemetery #1 with a licensed tour guide registered with our office.   Our intent is to preserve our historic Catholic cemetery and eliminate the litter and vandalism which is occuring during open hours.  ** We will require an annual signed application with fee for tour operators and independent tour guides, proof of tour guide license, occupational   license and liability insurance.    Tour guides represented by a tour company will not be required to have an independent occupational license and liability insurance, though they will be required to have a valid tour license.   All payments will be made through our office, 1000 Howard Avenue, Suite 500.   For application or to schedule an appointment, please email [email protected] or call 504-596-3050, ext. 1  Funding will provide full time staff during the day, more security at night, and preservation of St. Louis Cemetery #1.   We are currently restoring the exterior bricks walls of St. Louis Cemetery #1.   This is a $500,000 project to stabilize the historic walls.   ** Bike tours and other motorized bike/vehicle tours are prohibited in our Catholic Cemeteries** No tours/tourists are permitted on All Saints Day in St. Louis Cemetery #3 ** St. Louis Cemetery #1 will be closed Mardi Gras, Thanksgiving and Christmas days. ** All of our Catholic Cemetery gates are closed on Mardi Gras Day.   Gates close early on the Saturday before Mardi Gras due to Endymion.    We ask all visitors to our Catholic Cemeteries to act reverent and refrain from any vandalism, littering, marking on graves, or inappropriate behavior.   Please do not touch the fragile, centuries-old, plaster and bricks on tombs. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to further our Ministry and Beautification, please see the donate tab.   ** Gate hours as of March 1, 2015, Monday through Saturday, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, Sunday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.    No tour shall enter the cemetery within 30 minutes of closing time and all visitors shall exit at closing time Current registered tour operatorsBloody Mary's New Orleans Tours Free Tours by Foot French Quarter Phantom Tours Grey Line Tours -- N.O. Steamboat CompanyHaunted History Tours Historic New Orleans Tours Magic ToursNew Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum Royal Carriage Tours Save Our Cemeteries Smart Tours of New OrleansSpirit Tours LA  Strange True ToursTours by IsabelleUnited Cemetery Tours NOLA  ======Finding a way to protect St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 Published on Tuesday, 03 February 2015 18:04 | Written by Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond The archdiocese is planning to institute new guidelines for tours at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 near the French Quarter, which has had consistent problems with people defacing or otherwise damaging tombs. Can you say what led to that decision? It’s been a sad situation. People have defaced graves. People have, at times, removed bricks from the graves. Sometimes people have removed bricks so they could actually look into the graves. This is not respect for the dead, it’s not respect for someone else’s property and it’s really a violation of what it means to be charitable and to respect the dignity of those who have gone before us in death.   What have some of the major problems been? The main thing is that people have been writing on the graves and removing bricks, especially around the tomb of Marie Laveau, who was known as the voodoo lady of New Orleans. These actions could potentially destroy the graves.   You’ve asked for licensed tour guides to pay a fee to the archdiocese to give tours at St. Louis No. 1. Is that a way of better monitoring what happens inside the cemetery? Absolutely. I want to be very up front and fair about this – many of our tour guides do excellent jobs and offer tours that are based on historical facts about the cemeteries and the history of New Orleans. Some tour guides do not. They make up things that are untrue and basically offer a “haunted house” approach to the tours. Since we started examining the problems at St. Louis No. 1, we also found out there are people who are not licensed who are giving tours. This presents a professional problem as well as a historical problem, and it gives a wider opportunity for people who might not have respect for the dead at the top of their priority list to access to the cemetery. There are busloads of people who go through these cemeteries on a daily basis, and we’re glad for them to visit and to reverence the dead. But when it goes beyond that – with things like defacing the tombs or marking them with voodoo symbols – there’s just no way that can be justified or condoned. We’ve come up with some guidelines that the tour guides will be asked to follow, and, in general, there’s been a very positive response from the tour guides.   Is this a problem you heard about when you came back to New Orleans in 2009? I think it’s been more prevalent in the last two or three years. Our cemetery workers have noticed an increase in the activity. It came to sort of a boiling point when Marie Laveau’s tomb was heavily damaged last year. In that case, both Save Our Cemeteries and the archdiocese collaborated to make sure that grave was put back into proper condition.   Is this a shocking thing to you? I guess I was somewhat surprised by this, but the more I thought about it, why would I be shocked? When people use guns and knives to settle arguments on the street with people who are alive, why would we think they would respect the dead anymore? I know that may sound a bit cynical, but we are living in an incredible time of disrespect for other human beings. When I really began to reflect on it, I asked myself, why would I be surprised about this?   Are there any other archdiocesan cemeteries that have similar problems? I don’t think it’s happening in any of the parish cemeteries that we operate, and I’m not aware of it happening in any of the other large cemeteries.   Can tourists, on their own, still walk through St. Louis No. 1? Tourists will no longer be able to enter St. Louis No. 1 without being accompanied by a licensed and registered tour guide. This is in order to better monitor the situation in the cemetery and ensure that people are not doing things that are inappropriate. People are welcome to visit, but they must be part of a tour. People who have family tombs in St. Louis No. 1 will work directly with the Cemeteries Office to receive passes and make arrangements for visits. Historians and scholars conducting research will contact the Archives and Records Office to gain admittance. That’s the same process historians and scholars use right now whenever they do research in the archdiocesan archives. These new guidelines apply only to St. Louis No. 1. We’re going to expand hours there as well, which will be good for the licensed tours. We’re also going to be adding security workers to be more attentive to what’s going on. St. Louis No. 1 is one of the historic treasures of New Orleans. We have to do everything we can to protect it, out of respect for those who have gone before us.   Questions for Archbishop Aymond can be sent to [email protected] Source:   Michelle [email protected] Louisiana Cemetery Preservation Admin From: Gendiva922 via <[email protected]> To: [email protected] Sent: Saturday, February 28, 2015 7:45 PM Subject: [LA-CEMETERY-PRESERVATION] St Louis Cemetery # 1 My cousin sent me the information below so I don't know if it is true.  I am assuming that the St. Louis Cemetery # 1 he speaks about is in New Orleans. The archdiocese has a new rule for St. Louis Cemetery #1 where some of our ancestors (Chauvin) are buried.  You have to get a pass from their office to enter the cemetery or else you have to pay $40 a person for a tour guide. You also can't contract your own tomb repair where the stucco guys only charge $250 to completely re-stucco the tomb.  You have to pay $5,000 to have the archdiocese do it, and the archdiocese can decide that if you aren't using your tomb enough, they can sell it out from under you. 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